Ukrainians do not seek negotiations between Putin and Zelensky, but this should be achieved, according to Kyiv. In April, the Ukrainian authorities said that the background for negotiations was spoiled by the events in Bucha, Moscow considers them a provocation
Ukrainians do not crave a conversation between President Vladimir Zelensky and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, however, such a conversation is needed, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said at a heart-to-heart forum hosted by the Indonesian Foreign Policy Community (FPCI). The broadcast was conducted on YouTube.
“There is something to discuss with the Russian leader. I can't tell you that our people yearn for my conversation with them, but we must face the realities in which we live,— Zelensky said (quote from Reuters).
According to him, from such a meeting, Kyiv wants to achieve the return of “the life of a sovereign country within its territory.”
Zelensky also said that ” with honor and joy accepts an invitation from Indonesian President Joko Widodo to attend the G20 summit in November 2022, Medcom reported. “We must not allow large-scale famine,” & mdash; he added.
Zelensky has repeatedly said that he is ready for personal negotiations with Putin, noting that the conversation should take place without intermediaries. “Only with him. Without any intermediaries. And on the terms of dialogue, and not on the terms of ultimatums, — emphasized the President of Ukraine. He added later that the question would have to be discussed by one— cessation of hostilities.
The Kremlin noted that they did not refuse the possibility of a meeting of the presidents, but first a specific document should be prepared, which they would approve during the meeting. The representative of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov added that under other conditions the meeting “is hardly possible.”
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The negotiation process between the parties has been going on since the end of February. The delegations of Moscow and Kyiv met three times in Belarus, a meeting was held in Istanbul's Dolmabahce Palace, at which the parties achieved the greatest progress, Kyiv conveyed its proposals to resolve the situation. It took place at the end of March.
After the events in Bucha, the Ukrainian authorities said that the incident had influenced the course of the negotiations and “left a certain imprint.” “Ukrainian society is now much more negative about any negotiation concept that concerns Russia,” — Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, explained. Putin also spoke about the impact of these events on the negotiations, he considers the events in Bucha a “provocation”.
The head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, said later that Moscow sent response documents, but received no reaction. In his opinion, the Ukrainian authorities decided to “freeze” negotiation process.
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